Ten Steps to Nanette
An instant New York Times bestseller!
Multi-award-winning Hannah Gadsby broke comedy with their show Nanette when they declared that they was quitting stand-up. Now, they take us through the defining moments in their life that led to the creation of Nanette and their powerful decision to tell the truth—no matter the cost.
Hannah Gadsby's unique standup special Nanette was a viral success that left audiences captivated by their blistering honesty and their ability to create both tension and laughter in a single moment. Gadsby’s worldwide fame might have led some to believe they were an overnight sensation, but like everything else about them, the path from open mic to the global stage was hard fought and anything but linear.
Ten Steps to Nanette traces their growth as a queer person from Tasmania—where homosexuality was illegal until 1997—to their ever-evolving relationship with comedy, to their struggle with late-in-life diagnoses of autism and ADHD, and finally to the backbone of Nanette: the renouncement of self-deprecation, the rejection of misogyny, and the moral significance of truth-telling.
Harrowing and hilarious, Ten Steps to Nanette continues Gadsby's tradition of confounding expectations and norms, properly introducing us to one of the most explosive, formative voices of our time.
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Hannah Gadsby stopped stand-up comedy in its tracks with their multi-award-winning show Nanette, which played to sold-out houses in Australia, the UK, and New York. Its launch on Netflix, and subsequent Emmy and Peabody wins, took Nanette (and Hannah) to the world. Hannah’s difficult second album (which was also their eleventh solo show) was named Douglas, after their dog. Hannah walked Douglas around the world, selling out and scoring another Emmy nomination. Before all of this, Hannah appeared as a character called Hannah in Please Like Me (Hulu) and toured their native Australia and the UK as a stand-up comedian. They made art documentaries and did plenty of other things over the course of more than a decade in comedy, but that will do for now.
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